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Question: [4 Conductor 18 AWG SHIELDED Cable] Is this cable rated for indefinite flexing in cable chain?

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This cable is good for low-production or hobby CNC machines. It is not intended for industrial applications. I would recommend https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-cable-wire-20awg-wrcon which is suitable for industrial applications and can be continuously flexed.

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• [801] Is this a flexible cable that will work well in a cat track?

Yes, this cable has many more strands than I have found in other motion cables. It is not, however, rated for motion, but I have been using this cable for years in my cable carriers without issue.

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[801] Is this a flexible cable that will work well in a cat track?

• [801] Is this enough rating for a Nema 34 motor with max 6 amps? Also what about a 220V 2200Watt Spindle?

For the NEMA 34 stepper motor with a maximum current of 6 amps, 18 AWG wire would technically be sufficient. According to the American Wire Gauge (AWG) standard, 18 AWG wire can handle up to around 10 amps of current in chassis wiring and around 16 amps in power transmission. If you are considering running a very long length of cable from the driver to the stepper motor, you may want to consider using 16 AWG.

As for the spindle, this wire gauge is well-suited. There are three phase shifts, each at 120 degrees and each conductor is carrying only 1/3 of the power. At 220v, 2200 watts / 220 V = 10 amps. 1/3 of 10 amps is 3.333 amps, so each conductor will be have a load of 3.33 amps.

[801] Is this enough rating for a Nema 34 motor with max 6 amps? Also what about a 220V 2200Watt Spindle?

• WHAT CABLE LENGTHS SHOULD USE FOR THE BLACKFOOT CNC MACHINE

The blackfoot requires a total of 50 feet of cable.

The X axis needs 15 feet
The Y axis needs 17 feet
and the Z-axis needs 18 feet

These are 20 gauge 4 conductor cable.

WHAT CABLE LENGTHS SHOULD USE FOR THE BLACKFOOT CNC MACHINE

• HOW MUCH MOTOR CABLE SHOULD PURCHASE FOR THE BLUECHICK

The recommended total length of motor cable should be 15 feet for the blueChick v4.2

Z - 6 feet
Y - 5 feet
X- 4 feet

20 AWG 4 conductor

If your drivers will be positioned farther from the machine, you may need longer cable.

HOW MUCH MOTOR CABLE SHOULD PURCHASE FOR THE BLUECHICK

• WHAT LENGTHS OF ROLLER CHAIN DO I USE FOR THE GREENBULL 4X CNC?

The roller chain lengths for the greenBull 4x is:
- 13 feet for each side of the X axis (total of 26 feet), and
- 6 feet for the Y-axis

WHAT LENGTHS OF ROLLER CHAIN DO I USE FOR THE GREENBULL 4X CNC?

• WHAT ARE THE ROLLER CHAIN LENGTHS FOR GREENBULL 4X

The roller chain lengths for the greenBull 4x is:
- 13 feet for each side of the X axis (total of 26 feet), and
- 6 feet for the Y-axis

WHAT ARE THE ROLLER CHAIN LENGTHS FOR GREENBULL 4X

• WHAT CABLE LENGTHS SHOULD USE FOR THE BLACKTOE

The motor cables for the blackToe are as follows:

Total 30 feet

X - 9
Y - 10
Z - 11

WHAT CABLE LENGTHS SHOULD USE FOR THE BLACKTOE

• WHAT LENGTH OF CABLE DO I NEED FOR A BLAKCFOOT

The blackfoot requires a total of 50 feet of cable.

The X axis needs 15 feet
The Y axis needs 17 feet
and the Z-axis needs 18 feet

These are 20 gauge 4 conductor cable.

WHAT LENGTH OF CABLE DO I NEED FOR A BLAKCFOOT

• HOW MUCH MOTOR CABLE DO I NEED FOR A BLACKFOOT

The blackfoot requires a total of 50 feet of cable.

The X axis needs 15 feet
The Y axis needs 17 feet
and the Z-axis needs 18 feet

These are 20 gauge 4 conductor cable.

HOW MUCH MOTOR CABLE DO I NEED FOR A BLACKFOOT

• WHAT CABLE LENGTHS ARE USED FOR THE BLACKTOE

The motor cables for the blackToe are as follows:

Total 30 feet

X - 9
Y - 10
Z - 11

WHAT CABLE LENGTHS ARE USED FOR THE BLACKTOE

• WHAT ARE THE CABLE LENGTHS FOR BLACKTOE

The motor cables for the blackToe are as follows:

Total 30 feet

X - 9
Y - 10
Z - 11

WHAT ARE THE CABLE LENGTHS FOR BLACKTOE

• WHAT ARE THE CABLE LENGTHS FOR BLACKTOE

The motor cables for the blackToe are as follows:

Total 30 feet

X - 9
Y - 10
Z - 11

WHAT ARE THE CABLE LENGTHS FOR BLACKTOE

• HOW MUCH MOTOR CABLE FOR THE BLACKFOOT?

The motor cables for the blackToe are as follows:

Total 30 feet

X - 9
Y - 10
Z - 11

HOW MUCH MOTOR CABLE FOR THE BLACKFOOT?

• [801] What is the nominal outer thickness of the wire?

The outer diameter, including the conductors and the outer jacket, is 0.235"

[801] What is the nominal outer thickness of the wire?

• ROLLER CHAIN LENGTHS FOR GREENBULL 4X

The roller chain lengths for the greenBull 4x is:
- 13 feet for each side of the X axis (total of 26 feet), and
- 6 feet for the Y-axis

ROLLER CHAIN LENGTHS FOR GREENBULL 4X

• MOTOR CABLE LENGTH FOR BLUECHICK

The recommended total length of motor cable should be 15 feet for the blueChick v4.2

Z - 6 feet
Y - 5 feet
X- 4 feet

20 AWG 4 conductor

If your drivers will be positioned farther from the machine, you may need longer cable.

MOTOR CABLE LENGTH FOR BLUECHICK

• CABLE LENGTHS FOR THE BLACKFOOT

The blackfoot requires a total of 50 feet of cable.

The X axis needs 15 feet
The Y axis needs 17 feet
and the Z-axis needs 18 feet

These are 20 gauge 4 conductor cable.

CABLE LENGTHS FOR THE BLACKFOOT

• IS THERE A WAY TO GET RID OF THE PARALLEL CABLE AND SOMEHOW USE USB ?

If you select the Settings Page and select or tick Auto Limit Override - this will allow you to back off the switch.

limit and home switch

IS THERE A WAY TO GET RID OF THE PARALLEL CABLE AND SOMEHOW USE USB ?

• WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PRINTER CABLE PORT AND USB MOTOR KITS

The parallel (printer cable) port is uses the computer as its main source of pulse trains to operate the motor driver directly. Parallel ports are a direct connection from the processor commonly referred to as GPIO pins (General Purpose I/O pins) and provides a convenient and powerful way to interface with the computer. The parallel breakout board is included in those kits only to condition those signals for use with the drivers.

The USB serves at the actual controller, sending the pulse trains, but the computer sends simple human readable instructions to the USB controller to tell the controller how to send pulses.

The non-technical differences that may serve as the most important information to you is that the parallel configurations allow for a wider variety of industry standard software that can be used to control the cnc machine. The USB that we offer requires the operator to use a software called Planet-CNC software which is a very well made and feature full cnc control software.

USB Motion controller breakout board work with planet cnc software?

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PRINTER CABLE PORT AND USB MOTOR KITS

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